Offen predictable, sometimes surprising, that's my river, that I generally court, which sometimes fills me with joy, sometimes afflicts me, but, always enchants me !
Taking its source at an altittude of 680 meters, on the top of the Climont, in the granitics Vosges, the Bruche runs during 78 km to its confluence with the river Ill, just before Strasbourg. Up to Dinsheim, it is classified in 1st category (salmonidae dominant). Rich in watery insects (baetis, rithrogena, ephemerella ignita, caddis..) it presents a succession of flats and currents, typical of the piedmont plains.
It is well populated with brown trouts, to wich are added white fish (chubs, daces, spirlin, bleaks, gudgeons..). From Heiligenberg, the graylings are well established and it contains some rainbow trouts. The trouts are not enormous there; a fish of 30 cm is a beautiful specimen (my personal record with the fly is 45 cm there), but they are wild, and defend themselves with vivacity and malignancy. The graylings commonly reach 30 cm and some specimens of more than 40 cm were already caught.
Where you can get fishing cards :
- For most of the fishing sectors, on the web: http://en.cartedepeche.fr/
-by fishing store FARIO :........ 34, grand rue,............67120 DORLISHEIM ......... tel: 0033 3 88 48 86 66 , . for the sectors of Muhlbach, Mutzig and Molsheim.
-by fishing store BRUCHE- NATURE: 13, route de Strasbourg ,.. 67130 SCHIRMECK ... tel: 0033 3 88 97 89 45 , .. for the fly-fishing course from Schirmeck.
-by fishing store NATURAMA, Zone de loisirs "Le Tręfle" 67120 DORLISHEIM. tél: 03 88 04 81 81. for the sector of Ergersheim-Dachstein-Wolxheim.
News: In december, the water is still low because of severe drought of 2018. But that does not prevent to have fun for the last nice days when some fish are still feeding on the surface, chub, daces. And graylings , even if they are rare, are still present on some currents of the second category of the Bruche.
My last flyfishing session: September 28, 2018, I braved the icy cold rain and the gray to go, on foot, fishing the Bruche down my home in Molsheim. The weather, as said, was cold and gray, with a little drizzle. The water, very low and clear, with many leaves amassed in the bottoms and on the edges while waiting for a rise of the river. (see pictures 1 and 2) Nevertheless, I fished on graylings with dry flies, and by fishing so the water, I had four fish, I missed two and I caught two, including a nice specimen of 33 cm, really lean, that I brought back to my hand, before picking them up with care and to give them their freedom (see pictures 3 and 4). With TOT and RTP as dry flies. With a nymph TVC-2 , fishing rare moments I had on the line a beautiful fish that came off after 30 seconds and I could not identify him : grayling, chub or barbel?
It's dull, but happy with these few emotions and the beauty of the last shades of autumn, that I returned to my home, where a good herbal tea invigorated me.
C.B.F. last news:
There are of course other interesting rivers for flyfishing in Alsace, like the Moder, the Eichel, the Sauer, the Giessen, or the Andlau in the Bas-Rhin, the Fecht, the Doller, the Ill, the Lauch or the Thur in the Haut-Rhin. But the Bruche is certainly one of the most beautiful.